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We’re back with the gift guides! Get your ideas for fantasy and science fiction in today’s The Girl Who Loved Zombies doubleheader.


What do you get for that one friend who eats, sleeps, and breathes World of Warcraft? The Tolkien expert in your life? (It’s pronounced “meeeethrillll.”) The Magic the Gathering all-time champ? Some ideas:

  1. Munchkin. Any and all varieties, expansions, etc.
  2. An epic dragon clock.
  3. This lovely boxed set of Patricia C. Wrede’s Enchanted Forest Chronicles.
  4. Their very own Harry Potter house robe. Or socks, depending on your budget.
  5. A Feast of Ice and Fire.
  6. Dragon Age tea.
  7. The Witch King battle from The Return of the Kingin Legos.
  8. The Digger omnibus.
  9. Squishable Dick. Go read Looking for Group before you starting giving me odd looks.
  10. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman.
  11. This Deathwing (WoW) toy from POP.
  12. Shadows Over Camelot.
  13. A Princess Zelda-inspired ring.
  14. This trio of fantasy classics from Jim Henson Studios.

We’re back with the gift guides! Get your ideas for fantasy and science fiction in today’s The Girl Who Loved Zombies doubleheader.


What’s the best present for your favorite Trekkie? What do you buy the aspiring Viper pilot who has everything? How many lightsabers can one person possibly own? My suggestions:

  1. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy coaster set.
  2. The Battlestar Galatica mug we all need for Monday mornings.
  3. This “Don’t Forget to Be Awesome” shirt in Gallifreyan.
  4. Star Trek Catan.
  5. Their very own (tiny) Delorean.
  6. Lock In  by John Scalzi.
  7. Season One and Two of Orphan Black.
  8. A subscription to Lightspeed.
  9. Starfleet cufflinks.
  10. This Wheatley Laboratories messenger bag.
  11. The Dancing Groot bobblehead. (I’ll take two, thanks.)
  12. Chicks Dig Time Lords Queers Dig Time Lords.
  13. Robot and Frank / Moon Safety Not Guaranteed.
  14. This official NASA shuttle tie.

Like it or not, the holiday season has begun its encroachment on the vastly under-appreciated month we call November. Now, as far as I’m concerned, the first two weeks of the month could easily be incorporated into Halloween and Day of the Dead festivities. But the multi-million (billion?) dollar industry we know as the Christmas season begs to differ.

But just because that Mariah Carey song is going to start playing on loop in shopping malls across America, doesn’t you mean you can’t have a beautifully speculative Christmas / Hanukkah / Festivus / Kwanzaa / day off work in 2014. In fact, if you’re looking for gift suggestions for your nerdier friends, never fear. I’ll be rolling out three gift guides for the three wise men divisions of spec fic: horror, fantasy, and science fiction.

Image borrowed from Monster Island News.

Image borrowed from Monster Island News.

We’ll begin with suggestions for your more eerily minded compadres:

  1. More horror than you could ever watch.**
  2. The haunted house board game that keeps on giving with dozens of scary scenarios: Betrayal at House on the Hill.
  3. This shower curtain. And these hand towels.
  4. A heart necklace.
  5. These shoes. Or these. Or these. Or pretty much anything from Iron Fist.
  6. Bone jewelry! This vendor really is fantastic and all of the materials are humanely collected.
  7. My very favorite zombie show (sorry, The Walking Dead), AKA In the Flesh.
  8. Speaking of The Walking Dead, however, this official merch table lamp would light up any room.
  9. A Krampus to hang on the tree.
  10. Classic horror themed clothing.
  11. Childhood nostalgia, i.e., Goosebumps in its entirety.
  12. Uhhh, this thing.
  13. A first edition copy of Dracula. Or if you don’t have thousands of dollars handy, some more affordable horror first editions on Abebooks.
  14. If all else fails, why not just send them a Box of Dread?

These would be well worth the ankle injury.


*Unless you were bedridden with swine flu for two weeks and didn’t have anything better to do. I will not be judged for this.